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Funding Opportunities


A strong community has a system of quality agencies that are available to help people. In addition to providing ongoing, operational funding to more than 160 member agencies, United Way offers nonprofit funding through one-time Community Enhancement grants and emergency food and shelter funding.



Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) Grants

The United Way of Greater St. Louis has been notified by the National Emergency Food and Shelter Board that Phase 36 funding to supplement existing emergency food, shelter and energy programs is available for allocation to the following jurisdictions (click on each jurisdiction below to download the application):



Applications for Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) Phase 36 funding for these jurisdictions will only be accessible via United Way of Greater St. Louis’ websiteEach jurisdiction has a separate application.  Agencies interested in applying for EFSP Phase 36 funds must download the application (linked above) for the jurisdiction(s) of their choice.


Complete all questions for the selected jurisdiction(s) and service categories for which you are applying.  Submit the completed application(s) via email to by Friday, September 20, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. The sender will receive an confirmation email from a United Way staff member within 3 business days of receiving your agency’s application. Please contact if you do not receive an email confirming receipt of your EFSP Phase 36 application and attachments.


Agencies that are NOT United Way member agencies must also submit the following with their application (Please include a PDF attachment of these items):


  • U.S. Department of Treasury, IRS Determination Letter – 501(c)(3) Status
  • Certificate of Corporate Good Standing for State of Missouri / Illinois
  • Most recent Audit Report or financial statement
  • Organization’s current year operating budget
  • Board of Directors Roster, including work affiliation and title
  • A copy of agency policy for non-discrimination


Only nonprofit organizations that currently provide emergency food, shelter or energy assistance to the general public are encouraged to apply.


For questions, please contact  or 314-242-1881.

To be notified of new funding opportunities when they become available, please complete the form at the bottom of this page.



A Request for Proposals will be released in 2019 soliciting partner agencies. Additional details will be released at that time. To receive notifications about future funding opportunities, please complete the form below.


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